BP slates expansion of U.K. petrochem site

BP Chemicals Ltd. announced a plan to build an additional polyethylene plant at its Grangemouth petrochemicals, refining, and crude oil processing complex near Edinburgh. The company also confirmed a plan to build a polypropylene plant at the site, under its Appryl joint venture with Elf Atochem SA, which is owned 51% by Elf and 49% by BP. The plants BP said work is to begin immediately on design and construction of a linear low-density polyethylene (Lldpe) unit, with capacity to produce 300,000 metric tons/year. Plant start-up is scheduled for second quarter 2000. Mike Buzzacott, BP Chemicals CEO for polymers and olefins worldwide, said the new plant would be a ga...

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